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So how old is too old??



 
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Blotchy Scrawls
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:20 pm    Post subject: So how old is too old?? Reply with quote

Hey, I would love to hear from anyone that is studying med/planning to study med at an older age.
I am in my late 30s and in my first year of PhD, but am also planning to go for the gamsat in 2008, just to see how I go. I have no science background like many others I have read about in this site.
Is there anyone else in the same age bracket? I would love to hear from older applicants....if there is someone out there!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I have sent you a private message.
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Blotchy Scrawls
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpaceAce73 wrote:
Hi, I have sent you a private message.
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Hey!!
I just sent you one back!!! LOL
I LOVE this website
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short Answer: You're never too old (did I hear about a 70 year old obtaining his MBBS a few years ago?). If medicine is what you want to do with your life, never let someone tell you otherwise.

Long Answer: Starting an MBBS past the age of 30 is tough, especially for a woman. My jaw drops in awe (no pun intended) when I hear about family men and women juggling the commitments of an MBBS and a family (usually they are comfortably married and their significant other makes some sacrifices). (By the way, has anyone ever know a single mother, or father for that matter, that has been able to obtain an MBBS. I couldn't imagine a situation being nothing other than child abuse!!!). Being young, I understand that I need to get my MBBS as soon as possible because time ticks fast and a family, like most other people, is an ambition. I expect that I may be touching on a sensitive area here, but I don't believe a career in medicine and a flourishing family life is 100% possible. (Please don't berate me on this POV, it's a personal feeling on my complexity of ambitions).
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Blotchy Scrawls
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bradsmith281 wrote:
Short Answer: You're never too old (did I hear about a 70 year old obtaining his MBBS a few years ago?). If medicine is what you want to do with your life, never let someone tell you otherwise.

Long Answer: Starting an MBBS past the age of 30 is tough, especially for a woman. My jaw drops in awe (no pun intended) when I hear about family men and women juggling the commitments of an MBBS and a family (usually they are comfortably married and their significant other makes some sacrifices). (By the way, has anyone ever know a single mother, or father for that matter, that has been able to obtain an MBBS. I couldn't imagine a situation being nothing other than child abuse!!!). Being young, I understand that I need to get my MBBS as soon as possible because time ticks fast and a family, like most other people, is an ambition. I expect that I may be touching on a sensitive area here, but I don't believe a career in medicine and a flourishing family life is 100% possible. (Please don't berate me on this POV, it's a personal feeling on my complexity of ambitions).


Well Hey Bradsmith281,
You are right, it is tough. It is tough for anyone younger or older, and yes, everyone involved has to make sacrifices. And believing in yourself is the way to go. I think Henry Ford said it, "if you think you can do a thing, or can't do a thing, then you are right." ie if you think you can, you can, and if you think you can't then you are right....

Where are you applying to study? I am not up with your story, have you sat Gamsat/had interview? or are you sitting gamsat next year?
If sitting interview soon, goodluck!!
(Excuse my ignorance, but I have had an absence from this site for a while and am only just back)
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bradsmith281
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a 2nd year science undergrad in Melbourne who didn't, and regretting the decision, sit the GAMMY this year. I'm hitting the books hard over the summer break, not knowing how I can possibly improve my skills in sections I and II, and sitting the '08 for the first time. Got a close to 7 GPA but I know that the GAMSAT is the make and break of anyone's application. Hoping for Melbourne, content with Deakin, unsure if I could make the commitment for Monash in Gippsland. Crazy about a career in medicine and would ensue the GAMMY in following years if my '08 fails.

That's about it...
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Lovebite
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bradsmith281 wrote:
By the way, has anyone ever know a single mother, or father for that matter, that has been able to obtain an MBBS.


Yes, I do know an amazing woman who is graduating this year from the undergraduate program at UWA.

She supported herself financially the whole way (granted, she did get an MRBS)... but had no trust funds or nest eggs.

She has 3 children, 2 still at home (all three were at home when she first started), and before she got into Medicine, she had to go back and re-do her year 11 and 12.

So, at 28 (or 29 can't remember) she went back to HS full time, as a single mother of 3 to get into Medicine (yes, everybody told her it was an impossible dream, and that she should 'get realistic'), and now, in her 38th year, she'll graduate.

Don't anyone dare tell me that it can't be done.... I think you've just got to want it enough.
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